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Dr Teddy Amberg
Spicehaus Partners AG

Teddy has over thirteen years of experience in private equity and venture capital. He spent eight years in the private equity industry at Partners Group. For two years, he built up the leading Swiss P2P lending platform CreditGate24 as partner and Chief Business Development Officer. He is a lecturer for private equity and fintech and a private equity book author. Teddy was selected to be a member of the Swiss National Startup Team in Fintech by Venturelab in 2017. Teddy holds an M.A. in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Zurich.

 

Colinne S. Bartel
Truffle Time

Colinne S. Bartel is the owner of AC Innovation GmbH. AC Innovation serves as a marketing and business development catalyst for entrepreneurs. As chief project manager, Ms. Bartel was responsible for capital expenditures and acquisition integration for an Advent International portfolio company that executed one of the fastest growing telecommunications buy & build projects in Europe. After finalizing her MBA and a research trip in East Africa in 2002, Colinne joined McKinsey & Company. Ms. Bartel holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. in International Relations from the Claremont Graduate School and a dual MBA in Strategy and Finance from The Peter F. Drucker School of Management and the EDHEC Business School. Her passions are sports, the arts and cultural exchange.

 

Klaas de Boer 
Entrepreneurs Fund 

Klaas has over 20 years of venture capital experience, mainly in Europe, but also in North America and Israel. He is currently Managing Partner of Entrepreneurs Fund (EF), which he joined in 2006. At Entrepreneurs Fund, Klaas’s responsibilities included inge GmbH (sold to BASF), Technolas Perfect Vision (sold to Bausch & Lomb), Prosonix Ltd (sold to Circassia), Lifeline Scientific Inc (sold to Genext), New Motion (sold to Shell) and Optinose (Nasdaq listing). He currently represents EF on the boards of General Fusion Inc, SmartKem Ltd and vasopharm GmbH. Outside of EF, Klaas is a member of the investment committee of Dutch Venture Initiative, and from 2014-2016 he chaired the council of the International Venture Club.  Klaas also represents NESTA’s social impact fund on the board of Oomph Wellness Ltd, having been a member of the fund’s investment committee for 3 years.
Klaas started his career with McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam. From there he joined Vanenburg Group where established a corporate venturing group led investments in Europe, Israel and the US, which included WebEx. Klaas has an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology, and an MBA from Insead.

 

Rebecca Chesworth
State Street Global Advisors

Rebecca has worked in equity markets for over 25 years as investment analyst, fund manager and leader in business development. She joined State Street Global Advisors in 2016 as a Senior Equity Strategist to work with SPDR’s ETF Strategy & Research team in London. Her focus is on equities, sectors and ESG ETFs, providing thought leadership and investor insights. She is best known as author of the SPDR Sector Compass and the quarterly Sector Picks.

Rebecca’s previous role was at Hermes Investment Management where she helped to build the equities business and integrate ESG research in to the investment process. Prior to that, she managed over £1bn of active equity institutional portfolios and retail funds at Rothschild Asset Management and Insight Investments. She also served as an investment specialist at Threadneedle and started her career at former stockbrokers, BWD Rensburg, in Liverpool where she headed the research team.

Rebecca is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics/Economic History from the University of Liverpool.

 

Christophe de Dardel
Managing Director

Is Head of Private Equity, a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee, of the Global Research Committee and a member of Unigestion’s Executive Committee. He was most recently Head of Portfolio Management within the Private Equity team. He joined Unigestion in January 2001. Christophe previously spent more than ten years on several continents at the Société Générale de Surveillance, a global inspection and testing group. He then established and ran the Swisscom Venture Fund, a corporate fund aimed at financing entrepreneurial initiatives of Swisscom collaborators. Christophe holds a Degree in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

 

Therese Gerber
CONTAG Unternehmensberatung 
Therese Gerber is founder and owner of Zug based, CONTAG Management Consultancy.  Founded in 2002, CONTAG provides tailored strategic advice to service providers in the Swiss institutional market, to support market entry, growth and restructuring. CONTAG’s  distribution concepts base on market research within an established network of relationships among pension funds, insurances, real estate-, risk- and asset managers.  Ms. Gerber’s expertise stems from her professional engagements at various established financial institutions like Credit Suisse, Bank Sarasin, Mercury Asset Management/Merrill Lynch, ABN Amro and others. She is a business economist, graduate of the SFI-Swiss Finance Institute of University of Zurich and of the Program of Executive Development of IMD in Lausanne.

 

Dr. Mara Catherine Harvey
Author

Dr. Mara Catherine Harvey is a senior leader in finance with 20 years of experience in wealth management. She holds a doctorate with highest honours in Political Economy from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Over the past years, she has committed to advancing gender equality in finance, empowering women financially and making gender equality investable. She is an advocate for SDG 5 and published author. Her latest publications are Women and Risk (2018) and a children’s book series on money, ethics, equality and sustainability: A Smart Way To Start (2018, 2019). Her firm belief is that money is a transmission of values and through our money choices we have the power to impact our world positively.

 

Dr. Jackson Janes
The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Jackson Janes is senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund and president emeritus of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, where he has been affiliated since 1989.
Dr. Janes has been engaged in German-American affairs in numerous capacities over many years. He has studied and taught in German universities in Freiburg, Giessen, and Tübingen. He was the director of the German-American Institute in Tübingen (1977-1980) and then directed the European office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Bonn (1980-1985). Before joining AICGS, he served as director of Program Development at the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (1986-1988). He was also chair of the German Speaking Areas in Europe Program at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, DC, from 1999-2000 and president of the International Association for the Study of German Politics from 2005-2010.
Dr. Janes is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Atlantic Council of the United States. He serves on the advisory boards of the Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee, Beirat der Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (ZfAS), the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association, and the American Bundestag Intern Network (ABIN) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the board of the German American Fulbright Commission and serves on the Selection Committee for the Bundeskanzler Fellowships for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington DC.
Dr. Janes has lectured throughout Europe and the United States and has published extensively on issues dealing with Germany, German-American relations, and transatlantic affairs. In addition to regular commentary given to European and American news radio, he has appeared on CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, CBC, and is a frequent commentator on German television. Dr. Janes is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Education.
In 2005, Dr. Janes was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Germany’s highest civilian award.

 

Jeannette Leuch
Nest Sammelstiftung

Partner der invalue ag 
Stiftungsratspräsidentin der Nest Sammelstiftung (mit ökologisch ethischer Kapitalanlage seit 34 Jahren). Entwicklung eines Management Informationssystems für Pensionskassen: pkcockpit (www.pkcockpit.ch). Betreuung von Investment-Consulting/-Controlling Kunden in der Schweiz und in Deutschland. Ausbildungs- und Beratungsprojekte in den Bereichen Governance, Werte (Nachhaltigkeit seit 2006), Strukturen, Risikomanagement und- kontrolle, Prozesse, Reglemente, Anlagestrategie, Anlageorganisation und Investment-Controlling, Managerauswahlverfahren in verschiedenen Anlageklassen u.a. auch von nachhaltigen Umsetzungen. Frühere Stationen: 9 Jahre bei einem führenden Schweizer Investment-Controlling Anbieter, zuletzt als COO Schweiz und CEO Deutschland, Wirtschaftsprüfer (Industrie-, Dienstleistungs- und Pensionskassenkunden) und Berater bei einem internationalen Wirtschaftsprüfungsunternehmen (MIS auf Konzernebene), Leiterin Finanzen in einem mittelständischen Industrieunternehmen und Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung eines Unternehmens zur Führungskräfteentwicklung mit 250 Mitarbeitern

 

Laura Merlini
CAIA Association

Laura Merlini, CAIA is Managing Director EMEA for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association. Laura joined the CAIA Association in March 2012 with over seven years of business development and sales experience throughout Europe in the alternative investments industry mainly in the areas of fund set-up, administration, banking and custody. She formerly worked at Credit Suisse (previously Fortis Prime Fund Solutions) in Milan, Madrid and Geneva. She earned the CAIA charter in 2007 and has been an active CAIA proponent and member-volunteer. Laura co-founded the CAIA Iberia chapter (based in Madrid) in 2008 and she has led the Geneva committee of CAIA Switzerland since 2010. She is also a member of the Educational Committee of 100 Women in Hedge Funds Association in Geneva. Laura earned a BA in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan, received the CEMS MIM (Community of European Management Schools) MSc in International Management in 2002 and completed the Executive Master in Positive Psychology, Leadership and Strategy form IE, Madrid in 2014.

 

Heiko Nemmert
Baby Giant Hollyberg

Heiko Nemmert is one of the four founders of the international studio Baby Giant Hollyberg. As one of Baby Giant's CEOs, he is responsible for overseeing the studio's foreign affairs. He also co-manages the studio's North-American business.
Heiko has over 20 years of experience in the media industry and managed several studios before co-founding Baby Giant. He helped produce numerous TV-programs and films for German public-service and private television.  During his early career days, he gained valuable knowledge in the online sector, working for brands such as Coca Cola, Kellogg's, and Motorola.  Thanks to his deep understanding of the different media forms and distribution channels, he is a driving force in Baby Giant's business development and technical development.

 

Oni Oviri
Sasare Associates 

Oni is a global supply chain specialist and the founder and Director of Sasare Associates. As a result of having both public and private sector consulting experience in the UK and in sub-Saharan Africa, Sasare provides a platform to continue the transfer of knowledge and to help develop and build business supply chains in sub-Saharan Africa for small and large companies alike. Oni is an advisor to the British Government with regards to Brexit and supply chain issues. 

 

 

Bruno Pfister
Bruno Pfister holds various board positions in Insurance and Asset Management. He was from 2014 to 2018 Executive Chairman of the Wealth Management & Trust Division of Rothschild & Co. From 2002  to 2014 he was a member of the Group Management of Swiss Life AG, at the beginning as Group CFO, then as CEO International and finally as Group CEO. Previously he worked for Chase Manhattan Bank (today JP Morgan), McKinsey, LGT and Credit Suisse.
He studied law at the University of Geneva and was admitted to the bar of the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland. He also holds an MBA with focus on financial management from UCLA Graduate School of Management in Los Angeles (today: UCLA Anderson School of Management).

 

Frank Pöpplow
Federated Asset Management GmbH

Before Frank Pöpplow joined Federated in 2006 he worked as Managing Director for Sales and Purchasing at attrax S.A., Luxembourg, Head of Institutional Sales at DZ Bank, Frankfurt, Head of Sales and Marketing at DG Bank, Frankfurt and for Sales Fixed Income Products and Derivatives at DG Bank, Frankfurt. 
Frank Pöpplow studied Economics at Friedrich-Wilhelm University in Bonn. 

 

Julika Riegler
IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Julika actively contributes to making the world a better place, evidenced by her lead role as communications partner for international NGOs and UN agency relations (UNICEF, Save the Children, MSF, IRC). Her extensive experience in communications includes retail, philanthropy and most recently conservation and animal welfare as Director of Communications for Europe with IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare).
Previously as Communications Manager at the IKEA Foundation, she developed communication strategies comprised of multi-channel content for education programs, humanitarian and agricultural livelihood portfolios. Additionally, she led the foundation’s digital and social medial channels, growing their Facebook community to over 1.3 million followers.
Her retail experience stems from her time at Inter IKEA Systems. Prior to this, she worked with NOKIA, helping them expand operations across Germany to more than 250 retail stores.
Juli holds a master in Public Relations with post graduate degrees in Politics and Media Law. Juli studied in her native country Germany and additionally in New Zeeland. Currently, she calls The Netherlands home, where she is passionate about her family life, as mom of a teenage girl and two-year-old toddler boy.

 

Dr. Thomas Steinemann
Privatbank Bellerive AG

Thomas Steinemann ist seit 2013 Chief Investment Officer und Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung bei der Privatbank Bellerive AG in Zürich. Von 2000 bis 2012 war er Chefstratege der Vontobel Gruppe. Von 1992 bis 2000 bekleidete er verschiedene leitende Funktionen in der Credit Suisse, zuletzt als Leiter Anlagepolitik und Vorsitzender des Anlagekomitees. Thomas Steinemann studierte Volkswirtschaftslehre an der Universität Zürich und promovierte 1992 am Institut für empirische Wirtschaftsforschung mit einer Arbeit über die Vor- und Nachteile einer Europäischen Währungsunion und des Euros.

 

Dr. Louise Tumchewics
Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, British Army

Dr. Louise Tumchewics has a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, focusing on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and policy responses to unconventional weapons. She is a senior research fellow at the British Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, where she works on capability requirements and force development, including a new approach to urban operations.  Louise is presently writing a history of the IED, and has spoken on defence topics at various international for a, including the United Nations.